Connected States:  Living Out of a Van in the Badlands

There’s something magical about traveling alone. Yes, there are more risks involved, but it pays dividends in nimbleness. Eventually, though, you get tired of talking to yourself (or your GoPro), you have trouble following your audiobook, and you’ve been through all of your pre-downloaded music. Having an ally on your… » 8/25/15 5:20pm 8/25/15 5:20pm

Terrifying van ride up the Himalayas would scare the life out of me

So like... Uhh... Yeah... Oh my... this is just the van ride up to the Himalayas. As in, this scariness is only the beginning of something even scarier (that would be climbing the damn thing). Mick Fowler shot this video of his van driving up the mountain and it's so close to the edge of the cliff—we're talking inches… » 11/18/13 9:08pm 11/18/13 9:08pm

How the hell did they cram an aircraft engine inside this van?

This rather nondescript van is being powered by something much more beastly than your usual pistons: an actual airplane turbine engine. Seriously, over in Russia they crammed a real gas turbine engine inside this van (it fills up the whole van, basically) with gigantic hoses, an humongous fuel tank and a sweet control… » 11/14/13 8:33pm 11/14/13 8:33pm

Jet-Powered Minivan Is Probably Batman's Aunt's Car

This van has been retrofitted with a Rolls-Royce Nimbus helicopter jet turbine by Chris Krug, who should really be working for Tony Stark. The jet turbine has about 1,000 shaft horsepower at 2,100 RPM, which allows it to do 1/8th of a mile at 103mph in 7.14 seconds. Not bad for a Dodge Caravan, especially one that can… » 3/04/08 9:50am 3/04/08 9:50am

VW Microbus Chameleon Hippie Bus Gets Gizmodo-ized

VW R&D must not have enough to do after helping Stanford win the DARPA Grand Challenge. Instead of working on the ever-elusive flying car, they've outfitted this old hippie bus with hidden tech. The drivetrain is all electric, and the surfboards on top have solar cells for charging up the lithium battery banks. Click… » 9/26/06 3:52pm 9/26/06 3:52pm